Ecumenism and Prophet Muhammad
Muhammad recited in the Holy Qur'an (Koran) Chapter 98, Verse 6 :
"The People of the Book (Jews and Christians) and the Pagans will burn forever in the Fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures."
The Nature of Hell
Qur'an (17:97), "On the Day of Judgement, We shall gather them all together prone on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf: their abode will be Hell and we shall increase for them the fierceness of the Fire."
Qur'an(4:56) "As often as their skins are roasted off, We shall change for them fresh skins."
Qur'an(22:19) "Those who deny Me, for them will be cut out a garment of Fire."
Qur'an(22:21) "In addition there will be maces of iron to punish them."
Qur'an (34:33) "We shall put yokes on their necks."
Qur'an (40:72) "By chains they will be dragged along in boiling, fetid fluid."
Qur'an (9:110) "Their hearts will be cut to pieces."
Qur'an (40:18) "Their hearts will come right up to their throats to choke them."
Qur'an (88:6-7) "No food will be there for them but bitter Dari which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger."
Qur'an (37:62-66) "The Tree of Zaqqum, at the bottom of Hellfire, the fruit therof will cut their entrails."
Qur'an (18:29) "Water like melted brass that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink!"
Qur'an (38:57) ... "and a fluid dark, murky, intensely cold ... taste it."
Qur'an (11:106) "Those … in the Fire will be … nothing but the heaving of sighs and sobs."
Qur'an (11:119) "I will fill Hell with jinns and men all together."
Qur'an (7:179) "Many are the Jinns and men We have made for Hell."
(Qur'an 97:50) "The Companions of the Fire will call to the Companions of the Garden: "Pour down to us water or anything that Allah doth provide for your sustenance" … but both things hath Allah forbidden to those who rejected Him."
Qur'an (6:44) "We opened to them the gates of all good things (Paradise) … on a sudden We called them to account (Hell) and they were plunged in despair."
Qur'an (9:35) "On the Day that heat will be produced out of that (gold and silver) in the Fire of Hell and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks and their backs."
Qur'an (44:47-48) "Drag him into the midst of the Blazing Fire" Then pour over his head the Penalty of Boiling Water."
Qur'an (66:6) "Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are appointed angels stern and severe who flinch not from executing the Commands they receive from Allah."
Qur'an (70:15-16) "The Fire of Hell will pluck out his being right to the skull."
Qur'an (72:23) "For any that disobey Allah and his Messenger - for them Hell: they shall remain therein for ever."
Muhammad and Tolerance of Other Religions
Hadith Sahih Muslim (4363) "You (the Jews) should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle and I wish to expel you from this land (Arabia)
Muslim (4366) "I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims."
(Qur'an 48:29) "Those who follow Muhammad are merciless for the unbelievers but kind to each other."
Qur'an (60:4) "Enmity and hatred will reign between us until ye believe in Allah alone."
Qur'an (8:39) (2:193) "Make war on them until idolatory does not exist any longer and Allah's religion reigns universally."
Qur'an (9:123) "Fight the unbelievers in your surroundings, and let them find harshness in you."
Qur'an (9:5) "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them, capture and besiege them and prepare for them every kind of ambush."
Qur’an (8:60) “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah”.
Qur'an (5:72-73) "For he who believes in the Trinity, "the Fire will be his abode … a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemer."
C. Oft-Merciful Allah
(Qur'an 13:13) "He flingeth the thunderbolts and striketh whomsoever He will."
(Qur'an 16:70) "Some are sent back by Us to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known much."
Qur'an (21:11) "How many were the populations We utterly destroyed because of their iniquities."
Qur'an (64:11) "No kind of calamity can occur, except by the permission of Allah."
Qur'an (2:10) "In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease and grievous is their Penalty."
Qur'an (2:20)"… Allah can take away the faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things."
Qur'an (2:65) "To those who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath, We said to them: "Be ye apes despised and rejected."
Qur'an (2:213) "Allah guides whom He will to a path that is straight."
Qur'an (2:253) "If Allah had so willed, succeeding generations should not have fought among each other (over religion)."
Qur'an (2:269) "He granteth wisdom to whom He pleaseth."
Qur'an (2:284) "Allah forgiveth whom He pleases and punishes whom He pleases."
Qur'an (3:6) "He it is Who shapes you in the womb as He pleases."
Qur'an (3:47) "Allah createth what He willeth."
Qur'an (4:89) "… if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them."
Qur'an (5:33) "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messengers … is execution or crucifixion or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides."
Qur'an (5:38) "As to the thief, male or female cut off his or her hands."
Qur'an (5:45) "We ordained for them: Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, wounds equal for equal."
(Qur'an 5:60) "Those who incurred the wrath of Allah … He transformed into apes and swine."
!Qur'an 6:65) "He hath power to send calamities on you, from above and below."
Qur'an (6:95) "And He is the One to cause the dead to issue forth from the living."
Qur'an (6:137) "If Allah had willed, they would not have done so. (slaughtered their children)."
Qur'an (6:165) "It is He Who hath made you … inheritors of the earth: He hath raised you on ranks, some above others: that He may try you in the gifts He hath given you."
Qur'an (8:12) "Allah called on the angels to "smite all their finger tips off them. (the unbelievers)"
Qur'an (10:88) "And send hardness to their hearts so they will not believe until they see the grievous Penalty."
Qur'an (10:99) "If it had been the Lord's Will they would have all believed."
Qur'an (13:8) "Allah doth know what every female womb doth bear."
Qur'an (13:26) "Allah doth … grant … the sustenance to whom so He pleases."
Qur'an (14:7) "But if ye show ingratitude, Truly My Punishment is terrible indeed."
Qur'an (17:13) "Every man's fate We have fastened on his neck."
Qur'an (17:46) "And We put coverings over their hearts lest they should understand the Qur'an."
Qur'an (17:68) "Do you feel secure … that He will not send against you a violent tornado."
Qur'an (17:69) or that "He will not send a heavy gale to drown you at sea because of your ingratitude."
Qur'an (19:86) "And We shall drive the sinners to Hell, like thirsty cattle driven to water."
Qur'an (21:15) "And that cry of theirs ceased not, till We made them as a field that is mown, as ashes silent and quenched."
Qur'an (23:41) "Then the earthquake overtook them with justice as We made them as rubbish of dead leaves - so away with the people who do wrong."
Qur'an (24:2) "The woman and the man guilty of zina (fornication) flog each of them with a hundred lashes … and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment."
Qur'an (28:40) "So We seized him and his hosts and We flung them into the sea."
Qur'an (28:81) "Then We caused the earth to swallow him (Qarun) up and his house …"
Qur'an (30:34) "Then enjoy your brief day, but soon ye will know your folly."
Qur'an (35:45) "If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserve He would not leave on earth a single living creature."
Qur'an (40:5) "It was I that seized them. And how terrible was My Requital."
Qur'an (40:85) "And even thus did the rejecters of Allah perish utterly."
Qur'an (42:49) "He leaves barren (of children) whom He will."
Qur'an (44:16) "One day We shall seize you with a mighty onslaught: We will indeed then exact Retribution."
Qur'an (47:4) "When ye meet the Unbelievers in jihad smite at their necks."
Qur'an (47:23) "Such are the men whom Allah has cursed for He has made them deaf and blinded their sight."
Qur'an (47:34) "Those … who die rejecting Allah, Allah will not forgive them."
Qur'an (48:17) "And he who turns back (in the jihad) Allah will punish him with a grievous Penalty."
Qur'an (56:55) "Indeed ye shall drink (the Boiling Water) like diseased camels raging with thirst."
Qur'an (82:8) "In whatever form He wills does He put thee together."
The writer counted 817 cruel/ ambivalent verses in the Qur'an. Many of them are similar to each other.
Fundamentalists literally believe in the above scripture. Modernists must seriously consider the Reformation of the Qur'an.
We fear that such negative attitudes towards mankind in the Qur'an can affect men who are dispossessed, damaged or perhaps inadequate, to hold life in low esteem and engage in the terrible acts which presently characterize Islam, many in the name of Islam.
(by Geoffrey Levy)
They will have died with smiles on their faces, believing that at the very moment their own blood was spilled, all their earthly sins would be forgiven.
Their families will receive not the condolences of friends and acquaintances that accompany tragedy but calls of congratulation from those anxious to share the pride and the glory of triumph.
It is tempting to compare the fanatical suicide terrorists with the Japanese kamikaze pilots of World War II. But the Kamikaze crashed their aircraft into enemy warships.
They did not attack hospitals, children, those queuing for buses nor thousands of innocent civilians going about their business.
Inside the minds of the suicide terrorists, reason is replaced not so much by a madness but by a chilling dedication and hatred.
Like the Arab suicide bombers who strap the charge to themselves to blow away their Israeli enemies .in busy streets, so the young men will have been nurtured and groomed for this moment by “holy men” who recruited them when as young as 10 years old.
Religiously devout, and totally believing in the importance of what they are doing, they will have learned by heart every detail of the Seven Rewards that come to those who volunteer to give their lives for the Islamic cause.
Number one of the seven rewards is the forgiveness of all sins.
Two is that he will see his place reserved in paradise.
Three, that he will be crowned with glory with a holy stone, the Yaqutah.
Four, that in paradise he will have 72 of the most beautiful virgins as his wives.
Five, that he will be spared the suffering of the grave.
Six, that he will be spared the horror of the Day of Judgment and will go with certainty to paradise.
And, seven, he will be allowed to bring with him to paradise 70 members of his family.
No wonder the families smile, too. No wonder when Lebanon Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah’s own son was killed in a suicidal attack on Israeli soldiers he appeared on television laughing with pleasure and well-wishers called on the telephone.
The martyrs are inevitably young, frequently loners, always single and very devout.
For years their contact with imams will have brain-washed them into believing that their finest moment will be when they give their lives to the Islamic cause.
For years the holy men would have imbued them with an irrestibible desire to taste the beauty of martyrdom.
They are indoctrinated into the unshakeable belief that what they are being prepared for is an absolute necessity for the protection and preservation of Islam.
Before the day of action, the martyrs are permitted to make their own final preparations to purify themselves for paradise. Some go into solitary confinement for up to a week for contemplation, prayer and reading the Koran.
In 1983, when a lone suicide martyr drove a truckload into the US marine compound in Beirut, killing 241, a survivor was asked what he saw.
All I remember, he replied, is that the guy was smiling.